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The Ice was here, the Ice was there,
The Ice was all around :
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
A wild and ceaseless sound.
At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the Fog it came ;
We hailed it in God's name.
The Mariners gave it biscuit-worms,
And round and round it flew :
The Helmsman steered us through.
And a good South wind sprung up behind,
The Albatross did follow; And every day for food or play
Came to the Mariner's hollo !
In mist or cloud on mast or shroud
It perched for vespers nine, Whiles all the night through fog-smoke white
Glimmered the white moon-shine."
« God save thee, antient Mariner!
From the fiends that plague thee thus ! Why look'st thou so ?"-" With my cross bow
I shot the Albatross."
• The Sun now rose upon the right,
Out of the Sea came he;
Still hid in mist; and on the left
Went down into the Sea.
And the good South wind still blew behind,
But no sweet Bird did follow, Nor any day for food or play
Came to the Mariner's hollo!
And I had done an hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe:
Nor dim nor red, like an Angel's head,
The glorious Sun uprist :
That brought the fog and mist.
That bring the fog and mist.
The breezes blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free:
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent Sea.
Down dropt the breeze, the Sails dropt down,
'Twas sad as sad could be, And we did speak only to break
The silence of the Sea.
All in a hot and copper sky
The bloody sun at noon,
No bigger than the moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion, As idle as a painted Ship
Upon a painted Ocean.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
The very deeps did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy Sea.